Despite the chemical jargon and technical data, Brown remains a gothic novelist who is best when sending his characters to grope through mazy architectural spaces, his personal versions of Northanger Abbey or Hogwarts Academy.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 08 2017

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Yet Mr Heffer’s faults are minor compared with his virtues: He writes with such exuberance—indeed with such Edwardian swagger—that he leaves the reader looking forward to his next volume...

The Economist

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 07 2017

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Jones is above all concerned with the military exploits of the order, and he gives us plenty of blood and guts shed under its piebald flag.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 06 2017

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In between bouts of keen rapier work and gruelling exorcism, there’s usually time for tea and cake. Stroud at the top of his game.

Financial Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 06 2017

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An amazing amount of the passion and folly of the human comedy is woven into his modest life, all of it beautifully observed and memorably articulated. It makes for a looser, freer book than the cunning puzzle of a novel one was led to expect, and almost certainly a better one, too.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 05 2017

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As that history becomes increasingly remote, a biography of a key architect becomes ever more valuable. There are few other examples.

The Economist

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 05 2017

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He has transplanted the heart of the story into the present and made it feel remarkably authentic. I wonder if anyone has sent Rupert Murdoch a copy.

Guardian

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Reviewed on Oct 16 2017

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But perhaps it’s no accident that this epic feels so vital and fresh. Sleeping Beauties comes fuelled by a youthful vigour that King Sr hasn’t shown us in years – probably not since 2008’s Duma Key. He appeared to have lost interest, dozed off, when maybe all he required was his son’s intervention.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Sep 26 2017

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Indeed it feels like only one conceivable future, and not the worst imaginable: It’s a better organized, more utopian and also more totalitarian society than any we have yet created.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 26 2017

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There are dozens of other lines that seem similarly quiet and innocuous – until they burst in your head like star showers. Those alone make it worth making the long drive to this small town again … in spite of the occasionally disappointing scenery.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Sep 25 2017

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Having said that even when I was irritated I still loved all the characters and was delighted when they got their happy ending.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Sep 25 2017

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The speed with which he wrote this book shows, but Varoufakis does equip his readers with the beginnings of a new language, and punctures myth after myth.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 26 2017

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Fleischman's solid, workmanlike prose, certainly, isn't much of a draw in and of itself, but it does reveal him to be a man of his era.

NPR

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Sep 23 2017

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There are other examples of such petty nicotine power play in Craig Brown’s roistering quasi-biography of the chain-smoking princess.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 07 2017

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Coates came to history relatively recently, and now has the zeal of the convert – in the best sense of that phrase.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 18 2017

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I’d love it if the relationship between Linda and Arnie gets more time and that we see more Elders. But this story got a little bogged down in administration details and the minutia of non-profit woes.

Dear Author

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Oct 06 2017

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Manhattan Beach is more linear than Goon Squad or The Keep. But it has the same knack for drawing readers into the characters' minute and painful complications, and the same habit of treating time both as a narrative playground and as a looming hazard.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 05 2017

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Telegraphs, pigeons, plots and plumbing – who would have thought all these could come together. And with the intriguing glimpses we get of Lucy’s brother Nick, I’ll be eager to see how his changed life affects him in the next book.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 05 2017

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He is gravedigging, with probity, with the greatest reverence for the craft they share, and in this way is saying thank you in the only way one writer can really say it to another, which is by writing about them well.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jan 12 2018

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...perhaps most amazing for a book in this genre—there's intelligent wit and wordplay with a notable lack of punnery. It's very, very good, and it reaffirms Pratchett's status as an author who is arguably too damn good for his chosen field.

AV Club

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 27 2017

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Wright's insight on this point is just one of the many truths in his delightfully personal, yet broadly important, new book Why Buddhism Is True.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 26 2017

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The sparring scene between Venom and Holly was a great illustration of those differences, and of how Venom understood Holly better than anyone else did. I appreciated that she was able to reciprocate that understanding, and made him feel accepted and loved in a way that he hadn’t before.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Sep 26 2017

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This is a novel that convinces and compels; it’s a pleasure to read. If there’s a criticism to be made, it’s the same criticism Ng herself implicitly makes of Shaker Heights: that planning to excess can result in something that feels, finally, phony.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Nov 18 2017

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It has a bright Hero's Journey arc (complete with setbacks, small deaths) and the winning of boons through cleverness and combat. In the end, he emerges from his trails wiser, calmer, both more — and less — whole.

NPR

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Reviewed on Sep 24 2017

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“The Soul of the First Amendment” is a small gem of a book that can be carried around and referred to from time to time, the way many people do with their pocket-sized version of the U.S. Constitution.

Washington Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 24 2017

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So They Call You Pisher! is full of holes and absences – the homes and homelands of so many Jewish refugees; Rosen was 10 before Harold told him about an older brother who, aged just one, “coughed to death in your mother’s arms” – but it also brings to life countless epiphanies...

Guardian

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Reviewed on Sep 23 2017

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